Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Shades Of Cape Breton

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Shades of Cape Breton
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 4:
5x40 Reel
Square set

    1-8     CIRCULAR REEL OF 4: each person dances a reel of four around the set and back (start by passing partner by the right shoulder, and on Bars 7-8 1st and 3rd couples turn partner ¾ by the right to end with 1st and 3rd men back-to-back);

    9-16   HEAD COUPLES REEL OF 4* start by passing partner by the right shoulder and end in partner's place facing clockwise (on Bar 16, 2nd and 4th men step into centre back-to-back);

  17-24   HEAD COUPLE CHASE AS SIDE COUPLES REEL OF 4*: 1st and 3rd couples chase clockwise around the set AS 2nd and 4th couples dance a reel of 4 across the set ending in partner's place facing clockwise;

  25-32   HEAD COUPLES RIGHTS AND LEFTS as SIDE COUPLES CHASE: 1st and 3rd couples dance rights and lefts starting with opposite, AS 2nd and 4th couples chase clockwise around the set;

  33-40   SIDE COUPLE RIGHTS AND LEFTS: 2nd and 4th couples dance rights and lefts starting with opposite (end facing new corner - omit polite turn);

  41-48   CIRCULAR REEL OF 4: each person dances a reel of four around the set and back (start by passing new corner by the right shoulder, and on Bars 47-48 1st woman and 2nd man, 3rd woman and 4th man turn ¾ by the right to end with 2nd and 4th men back-to-back facing 1st and 3rd women, respectively);

  49-56   DIAGONAL REEL OF 4* start passing by the right shoulder and end in corner's place facing clockwise (on Bar 56, 1st and 3rd men step into centre back-to-back and face new corner: 2nd and 4th women, respectively);

  57-64   CHASE or DIAGONAL REEL OF 4*: 1st woman followed by 2nd man, 3rd woman followed by 4th man chase clockwise around the set AS the others dance a reel of 4 on the diagonal ending in corner's place facing clockwise;

  65-72   RIGHTS AND LEFTS or CHASE: 1st woman, 2nd man, 3rd woman, and 4th man dance rights and lefts on the diagonal starting with opposite, AS others chase clockwise around the set;

  73-80   RIGHTS AND LEFTS: 1st man, 2nd woman, 3rd man, and 4th woman dance rights and lefts on the diagonal starting with opposite (end facing new partner - omit polite turn) - end progressed one place around the set, women clockwise, men anticlockwise;

  81-160 REPEAT Bars 1-80 with new head couples starting - end opposite original places with original partner;

161-168 PROMENADE :partner anticlockwise - 3rd couple promenades halfway around and then up the middle followed by the other couples (ending order 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 4th, end with all other sets lined up with behind the top set);

169-184 DOWN MIDDLE AND CAST BACK: top 3rd couple turns to face down, and dances down through middle of all the sets and cast back to top place - other couples dance up separating to allow 3rd couple to pass, and follow ending in one long set again;

185-192 SET to partner using a Highland/Lowland step (e.g. set and spring points);

193-200 CIRCLE AND BACK: in original 4-couple sets ending by pulling into middle.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)


Dance Notes

* On the last 2 bars of these reels of 4, men pass right shoulders instead of left.

Dance Information

Cape Breton County is a former county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, on Cape Breton Island. It is now a single-tier municipality called Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Taking its name from Cape Breton, the most easterly point of the island which was called after the Bretons of Brittany, the county has what is probably the oldest surviving European name to have been used to designate part of North America.

Cape Breton Image
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia


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